By: Sloane Hughes
The hype surrounding Disney ‘s live action (why are we calling it live action when it ‘s still animation) reboot of The Lion King has not died down since it was first announced years ago, and it feels like we ‘ve been waiting for roughly half a century for its release. IT ‘S ALMOST HERE THOUGH. FINALLY. AT LONG LAST. The movie hits theaters July 19, and in anticipation of its premiere, Disney just released a series of character posters that get right up close and personal.
‘ Disney (@Disney) May 30, 2019
Everyone is beyond stoked.
For the most part.
If there ‘s one thing that we ‘ve learned from Disney ‘s recent batch of live action remakes, it ‘s that you really can ‘t please everybody. When the first look at Will Smith as Genie was released, people cried out, “BUT HE ‘S NOT BLUE, ‘ and when we got a glimpse of Genie in his blue form people cried out, “THIS IS SOMEHOW WORSE. ‘
Everybody ‘s a critic.
So it ‘s no surprise that some people were not thrilled about one character ‘s new look in particular: Pumbaa the warthog.
I am Pumbaa pic.twitter.com/fxFgUWCXLI
‘ Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 30, 2019
Obviously… He doesn ‘t look quite as we all remember.
seth rogen is
‘ pedor (@pedraum_quejero) May 30, 2019
we were talking about how scary pumbaa looks in the new lion king so i uh. turned his poster into a horror movie poster pic.twitter.com/fLnDzcJKr5
‘ Sof (@LobsterScoundrl) May 30, 2019
this poster is screaming “SETH ROGEN IS PUMBAA” at me like I owe it money pic.twitter.com/Srud6mUHEp
‘ caroline (@hairoline) May 30, 2019
bro just wondering why pumbaa looks like he ‘s ready to kill me behind a chillis
‘ al (@blankwaste) May 30, 2019
Pumbaa looks like he walked in from the set of The Witch. pic.twitter.com/MvxFIucl2A
‘ Scott Stamper (@DerfelMacGuffin) May 30, 2019
So, okay. I get that in everyone ‘s mind Pumbaa is an adorable red cartoon animal with a big goofy smile and comically thin legs, but here ‘s the thing.
THIS IS WHAT WARTHOGS LOOK LIKE.
And has everyone forgotten that Pumbaa ‘s whole backstory is that all the other animals were afraid of him because of his appearance but he ‘s actually this big softie who just wants friends?? HE HAS A WHOLE MUSICAL NUMBER ABOUT IT.
I will not be weighing in on the “horrifying photorealistic Pumbaa” discourse as I'm still haunted by feelings of complicity in body shaming toothy Sonic out of existence
‘ JuanPa (@jpbrammer) May 30, 2019
Pumbaa looks exactly like a warthog should look, you prejudiced fools!!!
‘ Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) May 30, 2019
Pumbaa: *looks like a warthog*
‘ J. Alexander Wright (@juan23letsgo) May 30, 2019
Idc what he looks like do not call pumbaa ugly you mfs https://t.co/iYIqAiuo5f
‘ John F. Kennedy (@The35thPres) May 30, 2019
911 Operator: 911 what is your emer–
ME: TWITTER IS BODY SHAMING PUMBAA THE WARTHOG
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